German School of Brooklyn
German School of Brooklyn



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Reviews (2)

  • Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education Survey

    Type of facility: Kindergarten Review: Both of my kids attend GSB. The kindergarten program is truly play-based. Classes are small, and instruction is very differentiated. Homework begins in third grade, when it is limited to 30 minutes per subject per week. The students begin receiving grades in second grade - in kindergarten and first a long written report card is issued but there are no quizzes or tests until second grade. The teachers and administrators are incredibly responsive. Most of the kids have at least one immigrant parent, but my kids don’t. All grades spend more an hour a day outside. The social studies curriculum is age-appropriate but explicitly progressive and inclusive. It is a small school but the population hasn’t been stagnant - there have been new kids every year in my older’s class both from within Brooklyn and from German-speaking countries. They have had three locations in three years with a fourth location next year. The new building is one they built in Crown Heights. What amenities does the facility provide? Has after-school options What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? The sidewalk scrum at pickup is awkward. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? The school is an accredited German School Abroad so they have a global network with regular communication. They have been able to get and implement the best mitigation information from around the world, starting early. They have communicated regularly and thoroughly about protocols and expectations. When reopening, younger grades were prioritized for full time in person instruction.
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 8 Review: we do the camp and after school. we're lucky to have this resource. As any parent trying to speak a second language with their child knows, keeping it up as they get older is challenging and programs like this go a long way. The staff is good and the camp weeks are well organized and thought out. I'm confident that my daughter is speaking enough german to at least maintain it and keep in practice when she's there. and the diverse camp themes make sure lots of different topics and vocabulary come into play. What would you change about the program, if anything? The hours of the camp are strange you can choose one or 2 1/2-day sessions, morning or afternoon. i wish they would do more typical 8:30-3:00 or 9:00-4:00 and then charge beyond that for additional care if needed. Also, because the school is growing they have so far kept all the kids from K through 3rd, 4th, 5th grade together. I don't think the camp or after school is big enough yet to break the kids up by age. But as the oldest grade in the school goes up by one each year the difference in ability between the youngest and oldest kids is becoming more pronounced, especially during programs like their popular theater program. Going forward I hope they think about how they will manage this and maybe segregate by age a little more.